Sunny Garden Hub

The Sunny Gardener - April 2023

I thought it might be nice to give the monthly review posts a livelier name.

One Year Fediversary

April 26, 2023 marked the 1 year anniversary of the server going online!

a cute illustration in pastel colors of animals gathered around a birthday cake. it's a white rabbit and duck, the cake is resting on a tree stump. they're standing in a rolling hills landscape, specked with dandelions, daisies and other little flowers. there's a smiling sun in the sky, and the words: happy birthday sunny garden. the image is contained in a rectangular frame filled with pink tulips

It has been an enjoyable, challenging, and rewarding experience so far. I’m grateful to everyone that has joined up and contributed to our little corner of the fediverse, as well as the folks and admins on other servers for their support, advice, and collaboration.

Thanks to oliver ( for the celebratory illustration!

Mastodon Upgraded

On April 23, was upgraded from Mastodon 4.1 to 4.1.2. This was a fairly minor upgrade, with mostly internal changes, but if you’re interested in the details, you can check out the changelogs for v4.1.1 and v4.1.2.


Active monthly users have remained flat this month, as expected from how things were looking last month. This seems to be on par with the general trend across the fediverse, with active monthly users remaining stable or ticking up slightly during April.

11 new users, 333 active users, 36k interactions, 7 reports opened, 8 reports resolved

Hosting Costs

Cost spreadsheet, text version follows

Expand text version 2023-05-01
Main Server 4-8GB-80GB -$30
Server Backups 80 GB -$10
Media Storage 114GB/mo. -$6
Media Bandwidth* 0GB $0
Media Backups 26GB/mo. -$1
Domain Name $35/yr -$3
Email Server -$5
Donations One-Time $3
Donations Recurring $41
Monthly Totals
Previous Balance $38
Total Donations $44
Total Expenses -$55
Balance $27

Canadian Dollars

* Media files are served through a caching proxy with unmetered bandwidth, so external bandwidth charges are negligible.

Thank you, to everyone that has donated on ko-fi! There’s no obligation or expectation that you donate in order to use the server, and I’m able to cover the costs myself if needed.

– Brook